Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring - Ebb and Flow First Nation
The goal of this program, funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, is to provide Indigenous communities with the support they need to monitor climate indicators, analyse data, and thus streamline the decision-making process related to climate adaptation actions.
WildMap consulting successfully developed a 3-year budget and associated timeline to:
- Document the traditional knowledge of elders and other community members to collect information related to past and current environmental changes in the community.
- Provide the technical training required so that several Ebb and Flow key community members can independently monitor freshwater levels, water quality, fish health, soil quality, climate indicators (air temperature, humidity and wind), and flood frequency and intensity.
- Integrate the documented traditional knowledge to the data obtained from scientific field techniques to conduct transparent reporting and open opportunities for community-based decision making.
Community and Land Use Development - Shoal Lake 40 First Nation
Following the approval and start of the construction of the Freedom Road, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation is looking to develop several important infrastructures to boost its economy and develop its community. For this project, the WildMap consulting team was involved in several aspects of the Capital Planning Study:
- The stakeholder engagement process through a community-wide consultation that covered traditional land use and mapping the location of desired infrastructures (water treatment plant, school, Centre of Excellence, housing).
- An environmental comparative site evaluation to assess the best possible location for the future Centre of Excellence. This evaluation took into account the potential impacts of the infrastructure on traditional land use, soil, air quality, groundwater, as well as plant and wildlife species at 3 different sites in the reserve.
- The development of an environmental screening memo to establish a community-wide environmental baseline and identify any major risk area. This information will be provided to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada when the project moves from the planning to the operational phase.
Fish Processing Facility - Canadian Fish Guys
Assisted with the development of an Environmental Act Proposal for licensing of the Canadian Fish Guys processing and packaging facility in Riverton, MB. Specifically focused on points related to:
- The description of all projects components, from production, to packaging and waste processing.
- The biophysical context of the region where the facility is located (topography, soil, water, climate, air quality).
- The ecological context of the region where the facility is located (aquatic, plant, and wildlife resources).
- The likelihood of presence of species protected under the Species At Risk Act and the Manitoba Endangered Species and Ecosystems Act in the region, as well as an assessment of the effects of the facility on these species.
Yellow Pea Processing Plant - Roquette Frères
Following the development of a Construction Environmental Management Plan for the world’s largest yellow pea processing facility, located in Portage-La-Prairie, MB, the WildMap consulting team:
- Conducted weekly field assessments of the processing plant construction site to assess compliance with environmental regulations related to soil conservation, air quality (dust, exhaust emissions), wastewater handling, hard waste management, noise regulations, plant and wildlife protection, and vehicle traffic. Results were shared through environmental monitoring reports in which mitigation actions were proposed if necessary.
- Assisted with the stakeholders engagement process, including a landowners information session on the project development and the associated Notice of Alteration, as well as the groundbreaking ceremony that was attended by the provincial Prime Minister, local indigenous communities, and both private and public stakeholders.
- Used a stakeholders engagement software to analyze data associated with the community engagement aspect of the project. Trained multiple staff on how to use the software, and provided regular feedback to developers to improve the software’s efficiency.
Mineral Extraction - Mineral Exploration Company
Following exploratory drilling, the company decided to go ahead with mineral extraction. WildMap consulting assisted in:
- Conducting the desktop environmental baseline assessment of the area set for exploration, focusing on biophysical features (topography, geology, hydrology and climate) as well as environmental features (land use, forest cover, aquatic resources, wildlife and plants species).
- Organizing field programs to assess the presence of protected wildlife and plant species.
- Conducting a constraint analysis where key biophysical and socio-economic factors are described in association with any mitigation action that would be needed during the extraction, transportation and processing phases of the project.
The results will be used to finalize an Environmental Act Proposal.
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